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RENMARK PARINGA COUNCIL UPDATE

Rivafest - Great Music, Food & Wine

Renmark Paringa Council is proud to present Rivafest!
Rivafest will take place on Saturday 18 April from 11am-6pm on the Renmark Riverfront.  Our stall holders now confirmed are; 919 Wines, Angove’s Winery, Banrock Station Wines, Wilkadene Brewery, Caudo Vineyard, Pegos Pizza, European Cuisine & Gudge’s Fish & Chips.
Tickets are on sale from the Renmark, Berri, Barmera, Loxton and Waikerie Visitor Information Centre’s. Tickets cost $20.00 and grant the ticket holder entry to Rivafest and also a Rivafest wine glass. 
For more information contact the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre on 08 8586 6704 or click here.

Save Pensioner Concessions on Rates - Voice your concerns

In June 2014 the Commonwealth Government cut funding to the State Government for pensioner and other concessions amounting to $27m.
The State Government has maintained concessions on Council rates paid under the SA Parliament's Rates and Land Act 1986 ($34m) this financial year. However it has announced that it will stop concessions on rates from 1 July 2015.


We estimate that next year's rates, for most people currently eligible for a concession, will include a "bill shock" of around 20% without the concession.
Council is opposed to the Federal cut and is also opposing the State Government's decision to abolish concessions on Council rates.
Help us to help our most vulnerable to retain their concession payments.
To support your Council's aim to reverse this decision, please contact your local member of Parliament - go to: lga.sa.gov.au/localmp or alternatively phone direct;
Federal - Tony Pasin MP on 85312466
State - Tim Whetstone MP on 85824230

Free Community Easter Breakfast in Renmark
Renmark Paringa Council are proud to sponsor this fantastic community event and we would like to pay special thanks to the Renmark and Paringa Lutheran churches for providing this wonderful community event. Best of luck to all those involved and we wish you the best success.
GRANTS
Community Grants....
The Council officially opened the 2015/16 Community Development Grants program on Wednesday 25 March.
There have been a number of significant changes to the grants program to better meet the needs of community groups and organisations. The maximum grant amount has now risen to $5,000 (up from $4,000) to allow groups to undertake larger / more expensive projects. The Major and Minor grants program have now been merged into one program with amounts between $500 and $5,000 available. Applications for the Community Development Grants will close at 5.00pm on Monday 18 May.



If all the funding is not allocated through this first round of applications, community groups will have the opportunity to submit applications throughout the year - whilst funding is still available. There has been considerable interest in the grants so far with 19 people representing around 15 different organisations attending the Grants Information Session held on March 25 so any group considered applying for Council grant funding in 2015/16 is urged to submit an application by the May 18 deadline.
Grant Application Forms and Guidelines can be found on the Council website, emailed to you by contacting: grants@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au or ringing Emma at the Council Office on 8580 3000.



Riverland & Mallee Youth Sector Network-Grant Writing Workshop....
The Riverland & Mallee Youth Sector Network (RMYSN) is excited to provide a free Grant Writing workshop aimed at service providers who work with and/or provide services to young people on Wednesday 15 April from 9am-3pm at Riverland Division of General Practice, 3 Riverview Drive Berri. 
This workshop will be facilitated by Keith Whelan from the Grant Guys. Keith specialises in grants, tenders and funding consultancy, providing high level assistance to businesses, Local, State and Federal Government, not for profit organisations and private enterprises, enabling organisations to approach grants in a proactive manner. To register please click here

MADE IN RIVERLAND UPDATE

Are you looking for workshops that will help develop and grow your business? Made in Riverland now have a series of workshops to help you with all aspects of business at an affordable price and at times to suit you. Check out the flyer below for more details and join their mailing list by clicking here.

CHILDREN/YOUTH

National Youth Week 2015 - Cirkidz Workshops
Renmark Paringa Council, Riverland Youth Theatre (RYT) and Cirkidz have partnered to bring the youth of our community 'Cirkidz Workshops' for National Youth Week 2015.
These workshops will be held from Saturday 11 to Monday 13 April with a community performance on the Renmark Riverfront on Tuesday 14 April. Registrations are essential as spaces are limited so please register now by clicking here.
National Youth Week 2015 - Skateboard Demos and Workshops
Headspace Berri have partnered with Berri Barmera Council and  Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative to facilitate a FREE skateboarding demonstration and workshop at the Barmera Skatepark on Saturday 18 April 2015, 10:30am - 2:30pm. The day will include a BBQ lunch and many prize give aways.
There will be a few skateboards available for young people to borrow on the day if they do not have their own.
For more information contact Rebecca Flack from Headspace Berri on 8582 4422 or visit the Facebook event page.
April School Holiday Program - Available now!
Renmark Paringa Council are proud to coordinate the collation and distribution of the School Holiday Program for our community. A copy of this calendar has been sent to all the primary schools in the district and a copy will be sent home to every family. It is also available on our website. Have fun and stay safe over the holidays!
Renmark Paringa Council FREE Immunisation Clinic
Renmark Paringa Council’s next FREE Childhood Immunisation Clinic will be on Wednesday 15 April at the Civic Centre on Eighteenth Street, Renmark, between 1pm-3:15pm. To book your child in, please call the Council Office on 8580 3000. The dates for all upcoming clinics can be found on Council’s website.

HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Tai Chi for Beginners
As part of Council's commitment to the health and wellbeing of our community, Tai Chi for Beginners will commence on Thursday April 23 at 9.30am at the Renmark Institute and will be followed by morning tea.  Registration is essential and to be completed at the Renmark Paringa Civic and Community Centre, 61 Eighteenth Street by Wednesday 22 April. Please note that participants must register for the full 8 weeks and that places are limited. For more information please contact Community Services Officer 'Stephanie Coughlin' on 8580 3000 or email. We look forward to seeing you.
FREE Whooping Cough Vaccine for Pregnant Women

Did you know that a FREE whooping cough vaccine is now available for pregnant women in their third trimester? For more information please click here and/or contact your GP.

ENVIRONMENT

Former Pike Communications Officer Elizabeth Lescheid
Please be advised that there is a new Pike Communications Officer. If you have any queries regarding the Pike floodplain project (which is being delivered through the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources), please contact Lachlan Sutherland, A/Manager, Partnerships, River Murray Operations and Major Projects Branch on 08 8204 9425.
We would like to thank Elizabeth Lescheid for her work over the past two years in this role and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
EDUCATION
The Little Big Book Club
The Little Big Book Club (LBBC) is a state wide project with the aim of encouraging and promoting the importance of reading to children from a very young age.
As part of the initiative a Reading Pack is launched each year for babies aged birth to 12months, providing parents and carers with books and resources to encourage them to read, sing, and talk with their baby right from the start.
This year to celebrate 10 years since the first reading pack was issued a new reading pack for toddlers has been developed.
The pack aimed at toddlers from 18 months to 2½ years supports literacy and numeracy development.
Both packs are now available for free from the Renmark Paringa Public Library, for more information call them on 8586 5544 or better yet visit the Library to view all their recent upgrades.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the Renmark Lions Club maintain the 'Welcome Wall' coming into Renmark? Did you know that the Renmark Lions Club also maintain the Memorial Garden at the Renmark Cemetery and also the Lions Park near the Caravan Park? Well they do and they do so voluntarily so that they can contribute to their community, helping to make it the beautiful and vibrant district which we live.
The Renmark Lions Club is an integral part of our community and recently they have made Renmark history by electing Sandy Maddocks as their first female President of the Renmark Lions Club. Renmark Paringa Council would like to congratulate Sandy on her new appointment and wish her and the Renmark Lions Club the best of luck on their next chapter in the heart of the community. If you are interested in joining the Renmark Lions Club please click here.
As always thank you to everyone for all your incredible hard work in organising all these wonderful events, activities and ideas; it makes our community a vibrant place to be!

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The Communications Team
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